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Vegan At Any Age

It’s Never Too Late

Sometimes, it can feel like veganism is a trend or fad only for the young. But, in reality, vegansim is a lifestyle that is ideal, healthy, convenient, and here to stay for folks of any age. We receive a lot of questions about transitioning to veganism in later stages of life, so we thought we’d share some of our favorite tried-and-true tips and resources for getting plant-powerful at any age.

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Get the Facts

Someone somewhere once told you that you need milk to prevent Osteoporosis? A well-meaning but uninformed physician told you that you needed beef to keep your iron stores up in advanced stages of life? Sure, we’ve all been there – bombarded with misinformation that can leave us dizzied and confused. That’s why the first key step in making the transition to a plant-powerful life is to get the facts. Anyone can healthfully transition to a vegan lifestyle, but because of our society’s obsession with correlating age with disease, we often receive information that’s simply not true.

  • The Truth: Well-planned plant-based diets can reduce the risk of heart disease and obsesity, helping to increase healthy life expectancy.
  • The Truth: Eating plenty of brightly-coloured vegetables and fruits, seeds, nuts and whole grains may help protect your eye health.
  • The Truth: “There’s no reason at all why women of any age can’t adopt a vegetarian or vegan diet,” says Virginia Messina, MPH, RD, a plant-based nutrition expert who specializes in diets for older women.
The American Dietetic Association’s position paper on plant-based diets, states that well-planned vegetarian diets, including vegan diets, are appropriate for all stages of the life cycle. Benefits include “a lower risk of death from ischemic heart disease […] lower low-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels, lower blood pressure, and lower rates of hypertension and type 2 diabetes than non-vegetarians. Furthermore, vegetarians tend to have a lower body mass index and lower overall cancer rates.”

Sounds pretty solid, right? Oh, and Dr. Kim A. Williams, the the president-elect of the American College of Cardiology is vegan and heartily endorses a plant-based diet to treat and ward-off disease, especially in mature years.

Stockpile Resources

These books and websites will arm you with information, how-to guides, and plenty of advice to make your transition smooth, joyful, and healthy for years to come.

Find Role Models

Did you know there are oodles of vibrant, healthy, active, and downright sexy vegans post-50 years of age? There are and they’re amazing. Check out just a few of these stunners (and compilations of vegans with vitality) and get the inspiration flowing.
And don’t forget to check out our guide on meeting other vegans. Joining a MeetUp in your area can be a wonderful way to feel supported and expand your circle.

Have a favorite tip for transitioning to a plant-based diet at any age? We’d love to hear about it!
Join the conversation in the Vegucated Schoolhouse today and tell us all about ’em!